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March 20, 2014: NREL Aims to Improve Building Energy Performance with Web-Based Tool

Performance Data Provides Apples-to-Apples Comparisons of Products
March 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a web-based tool to help commercial building engineers and designers better understand the energy performance of building-related products, including HVAC.


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March 19, 2014: SolarWorld Invites Students to Apply for Solar Research Prize

The Award Offers Prize Money and Also Helps Open Professional Doors for Young Scientists
March 19, 2014

SolarWorld is now accepting applications for the 2014 SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award. Now in its ninth year, the Junior Einstein Award is for young scientists doing research relevant to the solar photovoltaic industry.


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March 19, 2014: ABM Acquires Service Business of Alpha Mechanical

Alpha’s Design-Build Construction Business Will Continue to Operate Independently
March 19, 2014

ABM, a leading national provider of facility solutions, announced that ABM Building Services, a business unit of ABM Building and Energy Solutions, has acquired the service business of Alpha Mechanical Inc.


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March 19, 2014: Developer of Natural Gas-Driven HVAC Unit Wins Future Energy Competition

Product Is Said to Have the Potential to Reduce Energy Consumption by 30 to 50 Percent
March 19, 2014

New York-based company ThermoLift Inc. has won the 2014 Ultra-Light Startup’s Future Energy Competition, beating out more than 200 competitors. ThermoLift’s highly efficient natural gas-driven thermal air conditioner and heat pump is said to have the potential to reduce energy consumption by 30 to 50 percent. 


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March 18, 2014: Ice Energy Partners with Capstone College on Training Program

The Program Will Augment College’s Existing HVAC and Refrigeration Program
March 18, 2014

Ice Energy, a leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage, has partnered with Capstone College, Pasadena, Calif., to develop an interactive training program designed to educate students, local technicians, and contractors in the disciplines of thermal energy storage, HVAC, and refrigeration.


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March 18, 2014: DOE Offers Funding for Energy Efficient Building Technologies

With Such Technologies, Annual Energy Consumption of Buildings Could Be Reduced by 6 Quads
March 18, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster.


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March 18, 2014: Central A/C, Heat Pump, Gas Furnace Shipments Up Sharply in January

Combined Shipments of Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps Up 23 Percent
March 18, 2014

United States shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 370,582 units in January 2014, up 23 percent from 301,176 units shipped in January 2013, according to Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) statistics. 


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March 17, 2014: Jim Isaac Honored with Inaugural Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award

Award Presented at the ACCA 2014 Conference
March 17, 2014

ACCA, the indoor environment and energy efficiency association, honored James “Jim” Isaac, of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., Rochester, N.Y., with its inaugural Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award. The award was presented this morning as part of the opening MainStage Session at the ACCA 2014 Conference.


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March 17, 2014: Carmel Software Releases Duct Sizer App for iPad

App Allows Users to Quickly Size One or More Runs of Duct Using the Constant Friction Method
March 17, 2014

Carmel Software has announced the release of its HVAC Duct Sizer (Universal) app, which now runs on the Apple iPad in addition to the iPhone. This means that the same app will run on both devices and adjust its screen size accordingly.


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March 17, 2014: Xylem names Patrick K. Decker President and CEO

Succeeds Steven R. Loranger, Who Remains on Xylem Board
March 17, 2014

Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company, announced that Patrick K. Decker has been named president and chief executive officer, and will be appointed a member of the board of directors. He joins the company from Harsco Corp., where he had been president and CEO. 


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